Abu Dhabi

Constructing an Urban Future:

The sustainability and resilience of cities – infrastructures, communities, buildings and housing.


Dates:  March 18-19 2018

Place: Abu Dhabi University

This conference brings together academics from across the world around the issues of sustainability and resilience in cities. It is multi-disciplinary and invites architects, planners, engineers and urban designers. It also welcomes geographers, sociologists, urban economists, housing specialists, and more.

The reason for bringing these disciplines together around the sustainability and resilience of cities is simple: we cannot solve problems in isolation.



In 2014 the World Urbanization Prospects published by the United Nations identified that we had already crossed the tipping point at which the majority of the peoples of the world live in cities. By 2050 it is expected that 66 per cent of the world’s population. Already in many parts of the world, urban living is the dominate mode of existence. In South America, 76 percent of people are urbanized. In the United States, the world’s most resource consuming nation, over 80 percent of the population is urban. In places like Singapore and Hong Kong the figures suggest total urban saturation, with 100 percent of people living urbanized areas. These figures go hand in hand with general population growth in the developing world, with 90 percent of the increase found in Asia and Africa.

What this means for how we design and build the habitation centers of the future is fundamental. The homes we live may need to change as the density of life increases; our places of work may need rethinking as the home to work commute becomes impossible; minimizing the environmental impacts of travel in denser and expanded cities will be fundamental; the planning of infrastructures to supply basic needs such as water will be on the agenda; energy consumption in both the domestic and industrial sectors needs control.

Not only are these problems complex due to the interconnected nature of every issue at play, they are further complicated by the diverse scenarios we need to consider from a global perspective. What works in the already developed cities of the global north, with freezing winter conditions, dense living patterns and high personal energy consumption is very different to the needs of the desert conditions of some countries in the global south, with minimal carbon footprints today, ample land for future development, and the forces of urbanisation only now emerging.

This conferences embraces this complexity and the need to bring minds, disciplines, researchers and professionals together.


Key Dates:

01 December 2017: Abstract Submissions

15 December 2017: Abstract Feedback

01 February 2018: Registration Closes

18-19 March 2018: Conference

15 April 2018: Full Paper Submissions (where applicable)

30 June 2018: Feedback for publication

01 September 2018: Publication of Full papers



The conference welcomes case studies; design proposals, research projects, investigative papers and theoretical considerations in various formats:

Conference Presentations (20 minutes)

Written Papers (3,000 words) *

Alternative Proposals Pecha Kucha; short films; photo essays etc.

In-person and virtual presentations (via pre-recorded video, Skype, etc.) are welcome.


Delegates are given the option to present their work at conference either with or without an accompanying full written paper. All abstracts and papers are fully double blind peer reviewed.

* 3,000 word papers will be published online in the AMPS conference proceedings series, ISSN 2398-9467. Subject to review, selected authors will be invited to develop longer versions of their papers for inclusion in either: 1. A Special Issues of the Architecture_MPS journal  |  2.  The AMPS / UCL Press book series Housing-Critical Futures  |  3. The AMPS / Libri Publishing book series Housing the Future.


Forms and Registration:

.Delegate fee: TBC

For more details: events@architecturemps.com

Download Submission Form: Abstract Submission Form ADU


Please send this fully completed document to events@architecturemps.com  

The document must be in Microsoft Word.  |  Subject line for emails: Abstract Submission ABU  |  File name for attachment: Name_Surname_Summary Title_ADU  |  Example file name: Charlie_Smith_Yet Another Apartment Block_ADU  |  Correctly formatted and named example: Charlie_Smith_Yet Another Apartment Block_Abstract ADU



AMPS produces multiple book, journal and proceedings publications. Our book publishing partners for this project include:

UCL Press. Book Series: Housing – Critical Futures   |   Libri Publishing. Book Series: Housing the Future   |    The Architecture_MPS journal, ISSN 9006-2050.

Other publishers working with AMPS include Vernon Press and Intellect Books. All proceedings are published in their own journal series, ISSN 2398-9467.

The AMPS journal publications are fully indexed internationally.

Current indices include: Avery Index; DOAJ; EBSCO Art Source, Google Scholar, Art Full Text, and Art & Architecture Complete; Ulrichsweb; JURN; British Library Web Archive and ALDL – Agency for the Legal Deposit Libraries. Indexing in process includes: SCOPUS.





The conference is organised by Abu Dhabi University College of Engineering and AMPS.

Image: Elisa Sophia. Dubai view from the Burj Khalifa. 2011